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ISSUE DATE: March 1, 1999


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Speaking of commencement
President Roger Bowen announced recently that Commencement '99 will include the bestowal of honorary doctoral degrees on eminent farm labor leader Dolores Huerta and actor, writer and director John Turturro (BA/1979). Turturro will be the primary speaker at the Sunday, May 23 event. Huerta - women's rights, equal rights and union activist - is a current member on the boards of the Feminist Majority, California Labor Federation, and National Farm Workers Service Center. She is a co-founder (with Cesar Chavez) of United Farm Workers, vice president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and the California American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations. In 1993, Huerta was inducted to the National Women's Hall of Fame, received the American Civil Liberties Union Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty, and was honored with the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award.

Turturro, one of our most notable alumni, speaks of his "real education" at SUNY New Paltz, prior to the "polishing job" he received at Yale School of Drama. He has appeared in more than 25 theater and film productions, most notably Quiz Show, Unstrung Heroes, Barton Fink - for which he received the 1991 Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival - , and Mac, for which his creation and direction earned him the 1992 Cannes Camera D'Or Award. Turturro's loyalty to New Paltz is evident by his contributions, such as the public interview with noted film critic Judith Crist in celebration of the groundbreaking for the Fine Arts Building, a sneak preview of Mac followed by discussion with its cast, and a benefit performance of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters. Additionally, Turturro was the 1995 honoree at the College Foundation's annual Global Arts/Living Arts event. It will be an honor to welcome both of these remarkable individuals to our campus on Commencement day.

Where credit is due
The decennial Middle States Reaccreditation Review of SUNY New Paltz has begun. The process will involve the visit of a liaison from Middle States. Meanwhile, our Self-Study Steering Committee, established last fall, welcomes feedback as it develops the scope of the in-depth self-study which eventually must be approved by Middle States. Subsequently, "Existing campus committees will be asked to compile and analyze data relating to the approved scope," said the committee co-chair, Mick Adams (Mathematics & Computer Science). Steering Committee members include co-chairs Adams and Barbara Hardgrave (Music), and representatives of many academic and professional units of SUNY New Paltz, including: Carl Bacon (Institutional Research), Lee Anne Bell (Education Council), Vice President Johanna D'Aleo (Administration & Finance), Vice President David Eaton (Enrollment Management), Ghader Eftekhari (Engineering & Business), Gail Gallerie (President's Office), Vice President Barbara Geider (Student Affairs), Janice Insinga (Undergraduate Student), Dimitra Karamolegou (Graduate Student), Julieta Majak (Professional Caucus), Vice President Rick Podgorski (Advancement), Rose Rudnitski (Faculty Senate), Vice President Bill Vasse (Academic Affairs), A.J. Williams-Myers (Liberal Arts & Sciences Senate) and Reva Wolf (Fine & Performing Arts).

Good news
Richard Panman (Psychology) may not need to return to Japan after all since a review of his most recent CT scan indicates no change or only a slight increase in tumor size, possibly just a fibrous tissue mass of necrotized or dead tissue. A recent endoscopic examination found no cancer present in his esophagus and stomach. If an upcoming assessment of the tumor mass itself proves no cause for alarm, Panman will donate all frequent flyer miles which were donated to him back to United Way International for another person in need of life-saving treatment. He thanks all his friends for their generosity in donating the SkyMiles and for their kindness and strong support throughout the entire process of his battle.



...The 1997-98 Annual Report of the Vice President for Academic Affairs states that faculty: published 24 books, 25 book chapters, 153 journal articles and 31 book/art reviews; produced 197 music, theatre, film and dance performances and directed/choreographed 16 plays; created 70 exhibitions; gave 190 conference presentations and 100 workshops; and were awarded 88 Internal Grants and 25 External Grants and Fellowships.

... Last semester's Dean's List boasts the academic excellence of 1,343 students - 187 freshmen, 232 sophomores, 415 juniors and 509 seniors. Forty-one were EOP students. This honor is reserved for full-time students (12 or more credits) with a semester grade point average of 3.3 or higher who have no incomplete, repeat or failing grades for that semester. There were 4,986 full-time undergraduates enrolled at SUNY New Paltz in the fall of 1998.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Congratulations and best wishes to the following 1998 Classified staff retirees:

Thomas Booth, Harry Boyd, Carmine Montemarano, George Romer, Klara Rosner, Maria Solano, Frank Soler and Elizabeth Thiele (all Physical Plant); and Rosalie Bruno (Academic Advising), Joan Casper (Admissions), William Johnson(Receiving), June Mazur (Student Accounts) and Norman Rider (University Police).



Terry Adkins (Art) served as an "Artist in Residence" for two weeks last semester at the University of Akron, where he worked with students to develop a sculpture exhibition titled "After Flame." The installation will travel to Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois/Champaign April 10 - June 12 and then to I Space in Chicago in September. Additionally, Adkins' "Powre Above Powres Passing Freedom," an installation of site-specific sculpture and drawings which explore themes of spiritual freedom within the bonds of slavery, is currently on display in conjunction with an historical exhibition, " Twelve Years a Slave: The Kidnapping, Enslavement + Rescue of Solomon Northrup," through March 14 at the Mandeville Gallery at the Nott Memorial at Union College. On March 11 at 7:30 p.m., Adkins and Union College students and faculty will give a concert at Nott Memorial using 18 foot-long brass horn sculptures Adkins created. For gallery hours, call (518) 388-6004.

Rimer Cardillo's (Art) site-specific installation, "and," is on exhibit through April 25 at Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College in Oakdale. Cardillo's exhibition was organized by the Islip Art Museum. For gallery hours (closed entirely April 1-4), please call (516) 244-3016.


Alumni in the news

Warren Bickel (BA/1978, Psychology), professor and vice-chair for research in the University of Vermont Department of Psychiatry, will begin a six-year term in 2000 as editor of the American Psychological Association's (APA) journal, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology (ECP). In addition to publishing original research on social, behavioral, cognitive, emotional, physiological and neurochemical toxicity; the etiology, progression, adverse effects and treatment of drug abuse; and controlled clinical trials aimed at improving the effectiveness, range and depth of pharmacological treatments, Bickel plans to develop a section of ECO devoted to innovations in pharmacology. Bickel earned his doctoral degree in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas in 1983. He was a 1988 recipient of the ACA's Young Psychopharmacologist Award and has received a MERIT award form the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He has written or co-authored nearly 150 articles and book chapters, and he is co-editor of two upcoming books on behavioral economics. Instructions for submitting manuscripts to Bickel for publication in ECP can be found at


Students in the news

At Buffalo State College's Sports Arena on February 6, senior forward Jasmine Sanchez (Junior/Pre-Business) became the first SUNY New Paltz women's basketball player to score 1,000 points in her career. Her layup with 11:14 remaining in the second half gave her 1,001 career points. This three-time all-SUNYAC selection in basketball finished the season with a career total of 1,066 points, 918 rebounds and 304 steals. She was honored in Elting Gym before the tipoff of a recent men's basketball game.

Gina Marotta (Senior/Sports Medicine), whose athletic history at New Paltz includes being named to the ALL-SUNYAC softball team three years in a row and receiving the annual Carol Eckman Award in 1998, recently traveled to Eckerd College Field in Tampa to try out for six professional softball teams. She may soon get a phone call from a scout for the Virginia Roadsters, Carolina Diamonds, Georgia Pride, Orlando Wahoos, Tampa Bay Fire Stix, or Durham Dragons. Additionally, Marotta plans to attend several other open tryouts, including one for the Carolina Diamonds in Gastonia, North Carolina, the weekend of March 20-21.


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